I am looking for a place to host a group of 10 adults (with 4 small tots) on Thursday August 25th, and am looking to chowhound for some suggestions for restaurants that: 1) be able to accommodate such a group at such short notice 2) will be very good 3) might be able to put us in our own room (not mandatory) 4) needn't be expensive, just good. Cost: mid range $50-$75 / pp (dinner) of course drinks will run us more. We aren't looking for a formal dining experience, merely a place where our Grannies and Aunties can eat with us and we can enjoy the food!
Occasion: 40th birthday party. Coming from SF we can get a good meal without having to spend lots...it's abt a good meal and being together, rather than impressing someone.
Most of the crowd is Indian, so we'd probably stay away from an Indian (or Pakistani rest. for that matter! :)
The area of city...doesn't matter...midtown, East or West Village. (The venue is more important than neighborhood - as long as it is accessible by taxi, subway and/or has valet or nearby parking). Half of the group is coming from SF, the other half lives in the NY surrounds.
NO dietary or cuisine restrictions. The group likes pretty much all cuisines and is international themselves.
Not that it should matter for the restaurant but the little ones: 5yr, 4yr, 10 months and 4 months.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!